University of Denver

North Carolina Judicial Candidates Prepare for Upcoming Elections

Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

All eight candidates for the state’s appellate courts qualified for public financing, with supreme court candidates receiving $240,100 each and court of appeals candidates receiving $164,400. At least two outside groups are raising and spending funds in support of the Republican supreme court candidate. In the past two election cycles, there has been a 25 percent dropoff for judicial elections, with one fourth of voters who cast ballots in the top-of-the-ticket races skipping judicial races. One candidate hopes to bring voters to the polls by airing ads during “Judge Judy.”